Recreating Lisa Eldridge’s Navy Smokey Eye
Dearest Beauty Addicts,
What makeup shenanigans have you been up to lately? Contouring? Strobing? Baking? Non-touring?
I like to KISS (keep it simple stupid) with a touch of highlighter when I’m feeling it, if I’m completely honest.
This post is a bit of a throwback to when I first got obsessed with makeup. (Things are relatively under control these days).
The Lisa Eldridge Navy Smokey Eye
I am a huge Lisa Eldridge fan – I think that living in the House of Eldridge is my idea of heaven. In fact, that’s what heaven probably looks like if it exists – and I love her videos.
One of the looks I like best, though I don’t do it often because a) I’m lazy and b) since my eyes are hooded anyway you can barely see anything when they’re open, is her navy smokey eye makeup tutorial.
Obviously, I wasn’t about to run out and buy the exact same Dior eye palette because, budget, so when I was out and about in drugstores, I was keeping an eye out for something similar.
Japanese Drugstore Makeup Rocks
Japanese makeup – even at drugstore level – is of an amazing quality, and there are a lot of colours available.
The reason for this is that for a Japanese brand to be successful, the price point and quality both have to be right, or consumers won’t buy it, and Japanese consumers are some of the most demanding and discerning in the world.
When I was in my favourite Ainz & Tulpe one day, I came across this Visee Glam Shade Eyes palette in the shade BL-8. When I saw it, I thought it would do the job of replicating the look quite well.
Of course it is not a dupe for the Dior version she uses, but it creates a really lovely and affordable navy smokey eye if you ask me.
Visee Saves the Day
The texture of the eye shadows is really nice, and blending is no problem at all. I really like the deep colours as well – beautiful and modern. The silver shade on the far left of the palette is a nice addition I think, and works well in the inner corners to change up the look and make your eyes pop.
The palette provides a really nice take on the whole smokey eye look, and since it’s not a black eye shadow look there is very little chance of looking like a panda or like you have been punched – it’s really very forgiving.
When I did this look recently I paired it with Outlaw blush by NARS, and my beloved Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Honey (Number 001 – in Japan it’s just 01). Honey is quite possibly the most affordable MLBB lip product ever.
I am loving Honey paired with Lavshuca’s Liquid Rouge lip gloss in RD-1 on top. (Lavshuca is produced by Japanese cosmetics giant Kanebo). The lip gloss is really nice as well. It is a lovely, subtle colour which perfectly enhances the Honey balm stain while adding some gorgeous shine and taking it to the next level. Major pros is that it is not gloopy or sticky at all, and I feel like my lips look bigger and more plumped up. I’m a fan!
I would describe the colour of RD-1 as a dusty rose pink, with very fine particles of gold glitter in them. You can’t feel them (this is not one of those gritty lip products), and honestly you have to look really, really hard to even notice them in the first place. Japan wins again with another great drugstore product.
If you have used any Japanese drugstore makeup brands, I’d love to hear how you got on with them! Do they do it for you? Or do you feel quite “meh” about them? I’d really love to know, especially with both J and K beauty being off the charts popular lately.
Have a beautiful day, lovelies!